Manchester United youngster Nathan Bishop hailed ‘the best goalkeeper’ with unlimited potential

Mansfield Town right-back Elliott Hewitt has described Manchester United goalkeeper on loan Nathan Bishop as the “best professional” he has ever seen and the “best goalkeeper” he has ever played with.

The shot-stopper, who joined United two years ago from Southend United, joined the League Two side last summer in search of regular first-team football. He’s been an ever-present figure for the Stags this season, starting their 32 league games so far.

Playing a key role in their current run of 14 league matches unbeaten dating back to late November, Bishop has been excellent for Nigel Clough’s side. He kept nine clean sheets in the league and one in the FA Cup, which came when the Nottinghamshire side beat Sunderland 1-0 in the first round.

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He proved to be an immensely popular figure at One Call Stadium and was hailed by manager Clough after Friday night’s 2-1 triumph over Exeter City. And for Hewitt, Bishop ranks right at the top for players he’s played with over the course of his career.

“He’s probably the best goalkeeper I’ve played with, especially in terms of shot-saving,” Hewitt told the Deer club website. “I think his potential is where he wants to go, but he’s also probably the best professional I’ve ever seen.

“He’s always the first in and the last out. [at the training ground].

“He doesn’t eat chocolate, he doesn’t drink alcohol. He’s the perfect professional and I hope he goes all the way to the top.”

After Friday’s win over Exeter, Clough said: “[He was] Absolutely brilliant. That’s why he’s a little disappointed with the error [that led to Exeter’s goal].

“When you make a mistake and you still get the three points, it’s okay. He kept us with three or four brilliant saves tonight.”

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